Well - i´ve left Brazil behind and am now in Buenos Aires. My last day in Foz do Iguacu was quite interesting. My guide drove me into Argentina to see the falls from the Argentinian side - you can see more of the falls there than from the Brazilian side, which i´d wandered around the previous afternoon. The falls are a lot more interesting than you might expect as there is a series of falls - or cataracts - extending for 2.7km.....
After wandering around the falls, looking at Capuchin monkeys, vultures, butterflies, lizards and lots of coatis - very sweet little animals with long tails and noses - members of the raccoon family i think.... - we went to Los Trios Fronteras - a place where, standing in Argentina, you can look out over the Rio Parana and see Brazil and Paraguay - well, i thought it was neat......
After i had been dropped back at my hotel i went next door to the bird park - fascinating - it covers 6ha but they have another 11ha of land to develop - well, not develop exactly but turn into sanctuary - anyway, i met one of the directors there - John Leggatt - www.parquedasaves.com.br - an English chap - very friendly & chatty. We got talking in the area where they have humming birds - which are just the most fascinating things. One - a pure black one - came & hovered right next to my face while i was talking to John - eerie but quite sweet at the same time - it reminded me of a scene from Star Trek when you get one of these devices hovering & scanning Captain Kirk, Spock & the unknown member of the "away-team" you know is going to get killed. Imagine Control to Humming Bird 1 (HB1):
Control: Control to HB1 begin scan now, over
HB1: Roger, will do, over
Control: HB1 - what is it, over
HB1: The DNA code reads sentient being, over
Control: What capacity is its brain, over
HB1: No brain present, over
Control: But you said it was sentient - therefore it must have a brain, over
HB1: If it has a brain then it must be switched off, over
Control: What is it programmed to do, over
HB1: Irritate and annoy, over
Control: Male, then - over
Control: Is it multilingual; bilingual or English, over
HB1: English, over
Control: Can it multi-function, over
HB1: Negative - if it talks for too long it runs out of breath and falls over, over
Control: Over and out
Huh - my one chance to get abducted by aliens - blown!
Anyway, this morning i was driven back across to Argentina to go to the Argentinian airport to fly to Buenos Aires (you can´t fly direct from Foz do Iguacu to BA) - checked-in & flew on a Lan Argentina A320 to Buenos Aires.
OK - i get a tour of the city tomorrow so i´ll let you know how that goes. For folks in England i hope the weather breaks soon & it stops snowing! You´ll be relieved to know it´s only about 26 degrees here - much cooler than than the 35 degrees at the falls...
Going now - adios!